HBO will be debuting “The Latino List,” a new documentary featuring a series of “highly personal video portraits of Latinos who have richly contributed to the fabric of contemporary society.” The debut on September 28th honors Hispanic Heritage Month.
The film explores what it means to be a Latino in the United States in 2011.
Directing the film is Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, acclaimed photographer and director of the three editions of HBO’s “The Black List.” HBO says the film adds a “brand-new chapter to its oral-history book with this exclusive profile of 15 power players” as said to HuffPost Latino Voices. The intimate interviews were with award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa, anchor of NPR's Latino USA.
“The Latino List is an extension of my previous films, which all deal with identity, struggle and achievement,” said Greenfield-Sanders. The subjects discussed what inspired them growing up, why they chose certain professions, how they overcame challenges, and the importance of preserving their Latino culture.
The Latino Lists’ interviewees “represent a diverse cross-section of disciplines” from politics, theater, science, music, business, government and journalism in the Latino community. Among them are:
“Acclaimed writer Sandra Cisneros; Grammy®-winning singer Gloria Estefan; Golden Globe-winning actress America (Ugly Betty) Ferrera; NASA astronaut Jose Moreno Hernandez; military veteran Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch; actor/writer/producer John Leguizamo; actress Eva Longoria (Desperate Housewives); U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ); rapper Pitbull; PGA golfer Chi Chi Rodriguez; ACLU Exec. Director Anthony D. Romero; radio host Eddie “Piolin” Sotelo; U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor; financial advisor Julie Stav; and scholar Dr. Marta Moreno Vega.”
“We wanted famous names, of course, but also stories from people whom you might not know about,” said Greenfield-Sanders. “I’m very proud of the film and think it has a great emotional resonance.”
The Latino List debuts Wednesday, September 28th at 9pm on HBO Latino and Thursday, September 29th at 8pm on HBO in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. The film will air in both English and Spanish on HBO.
Armando Christian Pérez, better known by his stage name Pitbull, is an international pop star hailing from Cuba.
Dr. Marta Moreno Vega, an Afro-Puerto Rican, is the founder of the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute and former director of El Museo del Barrio and the Association of Hispanic Arts.
Eva Longoria is a Mexican-American actress, activist and philanthropist who stars on the hit series "Desperate Housewives" and has received Screen Actors Guild and ALMA awards.
Sandra Cisneros, a Mexican-American writer, is known for her fiction ("The House on Mango Street," "Woman Hollering Creek," "Caramelo") and her poetry ("My Wicked Wicked Ways," "Loose Woman"). Her latest work, "Have You Seen Marie?," be published in fall 2012.
John Leguizamo is an acclaimed Colombian-American actor, comedian, voice artist and producer who has received ALMA and Emmy® awards.
Juan Antonio "Chi-Chi" Rodriguez is a professional golfer who was the first Puerto Rican to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.
Gloria Estefan is a Cuban-American singer, songwriter and actress. A seven-time Grammy winner, she is known as the "Queen of Latin Pop" and has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, 31.5 million of those in the U.S. alone.
Julie Stav is a Cuban-born financial guru, financial planner, broker, bestselling author and host of a hit daily call-in radio show.
Eddie "Piolin" Sotelo is a Mexican radio personality whose Spanish radio show is one of the most popular in Los Angeles.